Wayne Ellis was very happy with the debut of his Complete Signs and Graphics backed Peugeot 106 rally car despite failing to finish last weekends Welsh International Rally after a fuel union broke, causing his retirement.

With no opportunity to test before the rally, Ellis and co-driver John Tomley adopted a cautious start to the opening stage and despite a big moment at a chicane the pair returned to first service happy with how their day was going.

Incorrect suspension on the car meant that it was unpredictable over the many jumps on the Epynt Military Ranges and Ellis chose to err on the side of caution but despite this was still happy to be on the pace of the top 205 Challenge cars around him.

Having never finished a rally over Epynt before Wayne, who runs a very successful graphics and design company, was aiming for a finish but was gutted when a fuel union broke in Stage 8. Although the problem was able to be rectified, the pair had exceeded their time limit and were out of the rally.

"Five times I've attempted a rally over Epynt and I've never finished once!" he said, "but this is definitely the furthest I've ever gotten. John and I had a great time today and I'm very pleased with the potential in the car. We have work to do on the suspension but once that is sorted I reckon we'll be bang on the pace. We'll be back in August for the Harry Flatters."

by Geoff Mayes

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